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post #1 of 20 Old 12-18-2008, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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08 suspension?

As you probably know the suspension on the 08 wrx isn't that good compared to other years. What is the most efficient way of fixing the suspension so it handles like a WRX should?
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. Sorry I can't help but I'd like to get some of the feedback.
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The most effective way is to replace the springs and struts with the ones from the 09 WRX or aftermarket models. I would argue that this will not really improve the handling (see comparisons of the 08 and 09 wrx) but instead just make it feel stiffer and more responsive. That may be what you're talking about but it's important to distinguish.

If you actually want to IMPROVE the handling of the car, you are better off with tires. After that, bigger sways and endlinks make the car much easier for a novice driver to push to it's limits. I'd also mention driving school. A professional driver could probably kick your butt in a 10 year old neon. A little education can help you learn to use what you got instead of adding more.

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I would agree about the experiance and school part of it. I myself have never been to one I wouldn't mind going once though. What are the prices like?

I also thing that the suspension in the 09 is to soft so i am planning on replacing sway bars I just can't decide if I want power or handling first.
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Again, I would stress that the single best handling mod you can do to the car is tires

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I have read your posts about them and I think that for here in texas the dunlap summer rubbers that come on the 09s should work just fine seeing as they don't even have 1000 miles on them
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well, he has an 08 smarty, not an 09.

Also, the summer rubber on the 09 WRX ain't anything that good either. Don't think that all "summer only" tires are equal. Not even close.

Dunlop Tires | Catalog | Sport Compact Tires
As you can see, the SP Sport 8000s are UHP tires which is their lowest category of summer only rubber. They also have MHP tires (maximum performance tires) and ESP (extreme performance tires). Obviously the Z1 Star Specs are going to handle worlds better than the 8000s even though they are both summer tires form the same manufacturer. Furthermore, in the category the 8000s fall, they're not very well liked in comparison with other manufacturers (although Dunlop's best tire is beloved). It's better stock rubber than any WRX has ever had for sure because it's 225 wide (widest prior was 215 on 06-07 wrx) and summer only rubber (all others were all season). That doesn't mean you can't see a world of gain from stepping up.

Also, again, the guy has an 08 with ever loving horrible RE92A all season tires in 205 wide.

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What I was trying to get at was I think that the tires that came stock would be good enough for now so wouldn't it be a better idea to do some other work such as sways first? Or do you think you would still see better results from new tires?
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Sways help you push your car to it's limits better. Tires increase the limits. Most of us can't drive a car to it's limits so I'd have to say sways but for a good driver, tires would be first. Then you factor in that they'll wear out at some later date anyway and I agree with you, tires start looking further down the road for the 09.

For any other year WRX though, I'd ditch the RE92s ASAP, at least for summer use.

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Allright that's what I thought but wasent sure.

Sorry for thread stealing kinda.

What's your stance on the kumo rubbers?
I have been thinking of getting some when the time comes.
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Yeah I was talking about stiffer suspension with less body roll.
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What's your stance on the kumo rubbers?
I have been thinking of getting some when the time comes.
I don't like them much. The MX are good for the price but they have no tread life. I think if you're looking for ultra cheap tires you should check out the General UHPs. They're really not bad and they're just as cheap. For all seasons, there's the Continentals which aren't quite as cheap as the khumos but are a lot better in the snow.

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Eh like I said no snow in texas might as well keep it summer tire

I am not so much worried about price I think that tires are an extreamly important part of the car simply for saftey reasons
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I gave you my "stance on the kumo rubbers" which includes their all seasons...

Anyway, if money is not a concern you really shouldn't be looking at Kumho tires.

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I was just asking because I have heard great things and I have heard bad.

What would you recomend for summer tires?
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